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  • PhD Position at Italian Institute of Technology: Robotic Rehabitation

    Haptic Technology and Robotic Rehabilitation
    Tutor: Dr. Lorenzo Masia, Prof. Pietro Morasso
    N. of available positions: 1
    Location: Robotics Brain and Cognitive Sciences Dept., Italian Institute of Technology, Genoa, Italy.

    In the last three decades technological advancement has contributed to outstanding innovations in the field of robotics and human-robot interaction (HRI) became the key feature of the robot design. Although far to reach performance compared with those of the biological counterpart, robots have been offering a wide range of applications in many different fields, from medicine to industry. Human-robot interaction (HRI) focuses on the study of interactions between people and robots with the basic goal to develop principles and algorithms to allow more natural and effective communication and interaction between humans and robots.
    The present research theme aims to coordinate a multidisciplinary approach to the develop and use of robotic technology as the principal instrument to investigate how the central nervous system masters the interaction with the external environment or recovers motor functions after brain injury: having in mind the human nature as the main core of the study we propose to start two main subdivisions:

    Human Recovery (mechanical design of robotic system for motor restoration, control design for assistive algorithms, optimal control of human robot interaction, engineering of mechatronic system for biomechanics, quantification of human performance and ergonomics)
    Human Enhancement (haptic systems with interfaces optimized for human cognitive capabilities, combining interactive, perceptually-tuned haptic rendering to empower task performance, Tele-robotics with true human-assisted sensor fusion, exoskeletons for hands/arms with integrated force and tactile sensing, Hardware packaging for wearable systems)

    One position is available: main goal is to design and characterize mechatronic devices for studying HRI in a variety of tasks and applications. We aim to develop new mechanical solutions (actuators, sensors) and control algorithms to build robotic systems in order to assist/empower human motor performance. The research will be broken down into the following steps: conceptual design and simulation of new hardware; mechanical design and assembly of the system; characterization and control of the device and experimental trials on humans.
    Established collaborations with clinical institutions (Fondazione Maugeri (Veruno), and Gaslini Pediatric Hospital (Genoa)) will be strongly encouraged and will involve the candidate to perform experiments and trials on site.
    Requirements: We are preferably seeking candidates with a background in Mechanical engineering or Robotics.
    Mechanical engineering background is essential (manual skills for hardware assembly, strong experience in CAD mechanical design, SolidWorks, Pro-E, Alibre), matlab/simulink programming skills and control engineering, (optional) confidence with mechanical measurement and instrumentation, (optional) background in biomechanics and neural control of movements.

    For further details concerning the research project, please contact: lorenzo.masia@iit.it or visit http://www.iit.it/en/rbcs/labs/motor...rehab-lab.html
    Application procedures can be found at the following link: http://www.iit.it/en/resources/calls...hnologies.html
    Last edited by Lorenzo Masia; August 16th, 2011, 09:24 AM.

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    Re: PhD Position at Italian Institute of Technology: Robotic Rehabilitation

    Originally posted by lorenzo.masia View Post
    Haptic Technology and Robotic Rehabilitation
    Tutor: Dr. Lorenzo Masia, Prof. Pietro Morasso
    N. of available positions: 1
    Location: Robotics Brain and Cognitive Sciences Dept., Italian Institute of Technology, Genoa, Italy.

    In the last three decades technological advancement has contributed to outstanding innovations in the field of robotics and human-robot interaction (HRI) became the key feature of the robot design. Although far to reach performance compared with those of the biological counterpart, robots have been offering a wide range of applications in many different fields, from medicine to industry. Human-robot interaction (HRI) focuses on the study of interactions between people and robots with the basic goal to develop principles and algorithms to allow more natural and effective communication and interaction between humans and robots.
    The present research theme aims to coordinate a multidisciplinary approach to the develop and use of robotic technology as the principal instrument to investigate how the central nervous system masters the interaction with the external environment or recovers motor functions after brain injury: having in mind the human nature as the main core of the study we propose to start two main subdivisions:

    Human Recovery (mechanical design of robotic system for motor restoration, control design for assistive algorithms, optimal control of human robot interaction, engineering of mechatronic system for biomechanics, quantification of human performance and ergonomics)
    Human Enhancement (haptic systems with interfaces optimized for human cognitive capabilities, combining interactive, perceptually-tuned haptic rendering to empower task performance, Tele-robotics with true human-assisted sensor fusion, exoskeletons for hands/arms with integrated force and tactile sensing, Hardware packaging for wearable systems)

    One position is available: main goal is to design and characterize mechatronic devices for studying HRI in a variety of tasks and applications. We aim to develop new mechanical solutions (actuators, sensors) and control algorithms to build robotic systems in order to assist/empower human motor performance. The research will be broken down into the following steps: conceptual design and simulation of new hardware; mechanical design and assembly of the system; characterization and control of the device and experimental trials on humans.
    Established collaborations with clinical institutions (Fondazione Maugeri (Veruno), and Gaslini Pediatric Hospital (Genoa)) will be strongly encouraged and will involve the candidate to perform experiments and trials on site.
    Requirements: We are preferably seeking candidates with a background in Mechanical engineering or Robotics.
    Mechanical engineering background is essential (manual skills for hardware assembly, strong experience in CAD mechanical design, SolidWorks, Pro-E, Alibre), matlab/simulink programming skills and control engineering, (optional) confidence with mechanical measurement and instrumentation, (optional) background in biomechanics and neural control of movements.

    For further details concerning the research project, please contact: lorenzo.masia@iit.it or visit http://www.iit.it/en/rbcs/labs/motor...rehab-lab.html
    Application procedures can be found at the following link: http://www.iit.it/en/resources/calls...hnologies.html
    Well, this is such an educational thought to ponder. Robotics are always welcomed for me. Whenever possible we can create stuffs to make us more convenient in whatever ways we surely wanted to do. Human intellect are really seamless.

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